On Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m.-noon, the Carrboro Farmers' Market will host a fundraiser with participating local restaurants to aid New Orleans' farmers. Muffulettas and Gumbo will be available to go for $10 per serving, and all proceeds will be donated to the Crescent City Farmers' Market.
On Sunday, May 21 at 6 p.m., Lantern in Chapel Hill will host a five-course French "Lantern Table" dinner featuring local pasture-raised lamb and Elysian Fields Farm's organically grown produce. The $55 dinner (plus tax and tip) will begin with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, and Elysian Fields' Elise Margoles and the lamb producer will discuss their farms, challenges and goals. Wine pairings highlighting small family-owned French vineyards will be available for $25 and $45. Call 969-8846 for reservations.
On Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m., Jujube in Chapel Hill is hosting a six-course meal based around the Belgian-style ales of Ommegang brewery of Cooperstown, N.Y., and Belgian legends Duval and Rodenbach. The first course will feature a salad of fried plantains, marinated shrimp and spinach with citrus dressing paired with Ommegang Whit. The dinner costs $45 plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 960-0555.
On Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m., Zely & Ritz in Raleigh is hosting a "Belgium to North Carolina Beer Dinner" featuring some of the new beers from Europe and from micro-breweries in the States. The third course features emu carpaccio paired with Koningshoven Dubbel and Quadruple Bock. The cost is $60 plus tax and tip. Call 828-0018 or visit www.zelyandritz.com to make a reservation.
On Friday, May 26, The Barn at Valhalla (off Highway 54 west of Carrboro) is hosting a "Zinfandel and Barbecue Wine Dinner." The barbecue--including spare ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, slaw, black pepper cornbread and beer baked beans--is being provided by Chapel Hill's The Barbecue Joint, and the California Zinfandel is from Four Vines Winery. The cost is $45 plus tax and tip, and the dinner starts "somewhere around 6:30 or 7:30 p.m." For reservations, call the Chapel Hill Wine Company at 968-1884.
On Saturday, May 27, the nonprofit The Community Chest is producing the second annual Taste of Durham Festival, combining local restaurant food samplings and chef demos with international arts and culture and local and international music. The festival, which happens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., is hosted by Brightleaf Square, Peabody Place and surrounding areas. Admission is $4 in advance and $6 at the festival; kids under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at www.tasteofdurham.org (where you can also get all the festival details) and at Morgan Imports in Durham and Triangle-area Harris Teeters. Coins for food and beverages and tickets for wine and beer tastings are sold separately.